WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR
Welcome to the Autumn edition of WA Coastal News.
Following the release of our Summer edition (Feb 29th 2020), there was a flurry of attention placed on the coast, and in particular on the issue of coastal erosion. This was in part due to a publication in Nature Climate Change that estimated approximately 50% of Australia’s sandy coastline would be lost by the year 2100. However, as the impacts of COVID-19 were felt in Australia attention rightly shifted to managing our health and economy. As we slowly navigate towards a post COVID-19 Australia, we can re-focus our attention on the coast and consider the lessons and opportunities that can be taken to deliver positive outcomes for our coastline.
This is timely given the severe erosion experienced only days ago. The impacts, while devastating in some locations, could have been far worse if the storm had passed 12-hours later on high-tide. Storm erosion events like this, while not new, highlight the importance of coordinated and inclusive discussions regarding how we manage erosion into the future – that is, discussing the what (what is vulnerable), why (which values we seek to protect), where (in which locations), for whom (who benefits) and how (protect, accommodate, retreat).
There are a number of exciting initiatives underway that may contribute to these discussions, from opportunities for community groups to co-produce science that addresses issues of import to local areas, to contributing to the national discussion on how to achieve a collaborative approach to erosion and inundation risk management in Australia (please have your say by completing the survey). More locally, the next meeting of the WA Coastal and Marine Community Network will be hosted online and is scheduled for early July. Make sure you are on our mailing list to keep up-to-date.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone that contributed content and supported the production of this issue. The collective effort has delivered an information rich edition - happy reading!
ACS WA State Chair